The biopic about the trailblazing baseball player Jackie Robinson is catching some heat for the characterization of other baseball players in the film. The family of the late Fitz Ostermueller is upset because they say the film paints their dad as a racist when he wasn’t.
In “42,” Fitz Ostermueller is the white pitcher who throws a pitch that hits Jackie Robinson in the head. After which, he venomously screams, “You don’t belong here!” that scene has the family up in arms because in real life, Ostermueller never clocked Robinson in the head with a pitch. It hit him in the arm. Because of that glaring error in the film, Fitz’s daughter Sherrill Ostermueller, is blasting the producers of “42.”
Sherrill said, “The producers of ‘42’ certainly owe my father an apology. If they were going to portray my father falsely, they should have used a fictional name.” While Sherrill Ostermueller has a big problem with the way her father is being portrayed in the film, she has no beef with Jackie Robinson or his family. “I have the deepest respect for Jackie Robinson and the courage he had to change baseball.”
Sherrill Ostermueller says the producers of “42” have ruined her father’s reputation. According to Sherrill, Fitz Ostermueller was never a violent or angry man. When asked if her father was a racist, Sherrill replied, “My dad, to my knowledge, was not a racist. I was not raised in that type of home.”